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Comment: Re:HUH (Score 1) 341

You are completely wrong. Musk has already indicated that the next Tesla will have some hands free capababilities, no doubt freeway driving assist. This is basically self driving as the driver can remove their hands from the wheel and legs from the pedals. The Infiniti Q50 already has this: . From this point forward the car is going to get incrementally more automated. Name a major car company that isn't currently involved in heavy R&D for self driving tech. If you found one, you just found a car company that will be out of business in a decade.

Comment: Re:Bombs? (Score 2) 533

I always thought about this. What if in all these war torn areas instead of becoming militarily involved we just started doing massive aerial drops of food, water, possibly some simple tech for getting online, maybe some power generators. Everything dropped would have the american flag plastered all over it. Over time imagine the amount of good will that would begin to foster with local populations. If you did it long enough and on a large enough scale, whenever some fundamentalist comes along and starts spouting about America being the great Satan how many would get behind him then. And I bet it would cost a lot less than direct military action anyway.

Comment: Re: Cars are just part of what's on the road (Score 1) 454

by tompatman (#48443985) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars
The majority of people are going to take the least expensive option. If companies form to operate massive fleets of self driving cars that can reach you In a timely fashion and charge fees below the cost of owning a car, owning a car will suddenly become a luxury. This conversation reminds of one here about HDTV years ago when they were hitting the market. Most of the comments were along the lines of "my tube TV is great, those new fangled overpriced HD sets will never catch on". The slasdot crowd seems to have a very myopic view when it comes to new technology.

Comment: Re:Boston (Score 2) 175

I live in Andover and have FIOS. For the most part it's a decent service, but it currently cost $65 a month for only a 15/15 Mbps connection. It's only going to go up from there. When I first signed up with them they had excellent customer service, but they get a little more like Comcast every year.

Comment: What Will Broadband Do For 4k Video? (Score 1) 353

by tompatman (#47936103) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps
I have been reading that the new 4k video standard requires a 15Mbps stream. 4k TVs are on the marketplace and based on the shipping volumes and price drops will be the standard TV within 3-5 yrs. How will Broadband meet the huge demand for these video streams? Netflix is already providing a couple of shows in 4k, but I doubt many people can view them since it's apparently a huge burden on these ISPs to even provide 3Mbps streams. I think a lot more of the public will start to complain when they can't get the brilliant picture quality they saw in the store while they were buying their new TV.

Comment: Re:A comment from the linked site: (Score 5, Informative) 273

by tompatman (#47613155) Attached to: Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix
The G37 Sport package includes paddle shifters on the steering column. If you wanted them on a non-sport version though, there was an ebay seller who sold the paddles. All of the wiring and functionality was already there, just bolt on the paddles plug them in and you were done. Car manufacturers include a lot of stuff like this by default because it would be more expensive to install different features based on what the buyer was willing to pay for.

Comment: Re: Pointless posturing (Score 1) 200

by tompatman (#44784151) Attached to: New Jersey Congressman Seeks To Bar NSA Backdoors In Encryption
Run for office you are 100% correct, on the first two points anyway. Term limits would solve many problems and contribution limits would solve most of the rest. This can only happen if the majority of the public forces it to be a front and center issue and that will only happen when the majority of the public learns how to think for themselves.

Comment: Re:Surcharge (Score 1) 338

by tompatman (#43812039) Attached to: AT&T Quietly Adds Charges To All Contract Cell Plans
I just bought two pre-paid phones and was planning to use ATT, but they infuriated me before I could become a customer. They have a pre-paid plan, but hide all information pertaining to the prices their site. Even the support person online couldn't find the info. I gave up and just signed up with T-Mobile, where I'm sure I'll be much happier. T-Mobile signed more new customers this quarter than any other carrier, it's no surprise why.

Comment: Re:Don't have to be perfect, just better (Score 3, Insightful) 352

by tompatman (#43471125) Attached to: Why Self-Driving Cars Are Still a Long Way Down the Road
Good point, So, of these who is the better driver? The doctor who just finished an 18 hour shift half asleep at the wheel, the idiot teen texting while driving, the guy who had one too many at the bar or Google's self driving car? I know which one I'd vote for.

Comment: No Magic Bullets (Score 5, Insightful) 635

by tompatman (#43173149) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?
There's no magical way that's going to keep you in shape without a little effort to eat well and take some time to exercise. Lay off the fritos and mountain dew. Stick to water and coffee/tea and get some veggies in your meals. Make time to exercise over lunch or right after work, for at least 30 min. You're just making excuses if you think you can't carve 30 min. out of your day. I go to the gym at lunch and find it makes me more relaxed and more productive at work.

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